A Nice Person, Chapter 12

Chapter 12

“That suit can fit a little bit better,” I state, “Cinch at the waste a little bit.”

“Don’t think it’s sexy enough?” Topaz asks.

The other two brothers are there as well.  It’s been a few days since I caught Onyx with Syn.  I had stormed out of the room clearly too embarrassed talk to Onyx about it.   I had avoided him ever since but today was the Tux fitting for the Social Media awards.

“It can fit better,” I state.

“Fine let’s take this in a few inches…” Topaz instructs the seamstress.

“European cut.  We have to make Topaz look like he has some style,” I respond with a teasing elbow to Topaz’s arm.

I want to make things light-hearted.  I was still on a mission to get these brothers back on the same page so that everything didn’t fall apart.  The difference now from before is that they had someone to follow now.  That person was me.

“Oh please.  You know you like everything I put on,” Topaz responds.

I swear I see Onyx bury his head at that moment and Copper look awkwardly away.  Topaz flashes me a smile when he says it.  Every day he’s getting more and more bold with his flirtatious nature when it came to me.   I’m not sure the spectrum but it was quite clear that both Onyx and Copper knew something was going on between Topaz and I.  Did they know he nutted in me three times a day, I’m not sure.  Whatever they did know or suspect made things awkward.  Really awkward.

“Are we almost done here?” Copper asks, “We got the tuxedos.”

“Almost.  Gem needs his,” Topaz suggests.

“Me?”

“You’re going to the awards too,” Topaz lets me know with a grin, “You’re a Monroe brother too, remember?”

He was walking right into it.  I squirm when I turn to the side and see Onyx roll his eyes so hard you would have thought there was a hurricane behind his eyelids.

“You sound like you just had a revelation,” Onyx states, “Didn’t realize he was your brother this morning?”

“What’s that supposed to mean,” Topaz asks.

I wonder if Topaz knows what Onyx means by that and he just wants to make him say it.  It takes me a second myself to realize what he was talking about this morning.  This morning Topaz woke me up to a hard dick.  He held me down and fucked me so hard I was screaming.  I was able to muffle myself when I caught how loud I was being but then I realize that maybe I didn’t muffle myself hard enough.  Maybe Onyx heard us this morning.

“Nothing…” Onyx states.

Onyx turns to me.  He gives me this knowing glare.  He knew.  He definitely knew.  I wasn’t the only one who caught it either.  Topaz has been staring him down and he comes down on his brother like a fierce bulldog in the next few seconds.

“Why don’t you open your fucking mouth and say what you got to say?”  Topaz responds, “You always got some smart ass bullshit to say behind our back.”

I notice Topaz is using the term “our”.   I wonder if Onyx notices it too.  I see Onyx stand up in a way that a few months ago, he wouldn’t have stood up.  It’s clear that he means business.  It’s clear that he’s not wanting to back down from Topaz.  And I know that this peace I’ve been trying to broker is going to be harder to achieve than ever.

I shuffle between them.

“Listen guys calm down.  Please.”

“Gem is right, we’re in public,” Copper states.

I look over at Copper.  Things had been weird with Onyx and me but things had been fucking strange with me and Copper.  He had gotten out of his little Jericho funk for the most part and was keeping himself busy in work.  That wasn’t the problem. The problem is I found myself feeling awkward around him.  Even now when he backs me up I feel these butterflies break out in my stomach.

The old Copper would have been the one starting this argument.  Not stopping it.  The accident with Jericho had definitely changed him.

I’m just trying to figure out if it changed something in me as well.

“I’ll go try this on,” I state.

Topaz is heated but luckily he gets a call so he walks out.  I take the opportunity of the temporary peace to go into the dressing room and try on one of the tuxedos that the designer has picked out in his rack.

The price tags on these things were expensive and when I feel the fabric on my naked skin I have to admit I begin to absolutely realize just how nice this lifestyle is.  The expensive things were something that I wasn’t used to.  These boys were rich and privileged and honestly, they did a bunch of nothing.  Any idiot could do a fucking youtube video.  They were basically famous for being famous.

“Those look nice on you.”

I turn at that moment and see that none other than Onyx has pulled back the curtain to join me in the dressing room.  Onyx is looking me up and down.  At this moment I’m pulling up my pants but I think he gets a good view of my ass in my underwear.  I wonder what he thinks.  I actually like it that his eyes linger on me for a  few seconds longer than they should.

“I’m alright,” I state, “Topaz is buying them.”

“Like he gave you 5k yesterday?” he asks.

“Excuse me.”

“I know about that.  What you using the money for?” he asks at that moment with a raised eyebrow.

“It’s my first paycheck.  Doesn’t matter what I’m using the money for.  He just is paying me in advance.”

“Pay?  Sounds like a sugar daddy to me…”

I turn away from him.  This was the first time we were alone since the incident and already I can see his issue with my relationship with his brother coming at me hard.

“Onyx get to the point please.”

“Fine.  The point.  Let’s do it.  So can we talk about the other day?”

“What’s there to talk about?”

“You know what I mean.  Come on… Things are awkward man.  Real awkward.  Let’s just get it out the way and address the elephant in the room.  It’s a goddam big elephant if you ask me.  And I’m not talking about that ass of yours.”

I sneer, raise my eyes and jerk them towards him, “What about it?”

“You said you loved me.”

“Yeah so?”

“That means something,” he responds.

“Does it?  Because you barely know ‘Dr. Grady’ but you’re not only fucking a guy way older than you but you’re also telling him the same thing.  Guess that word just has a habit of getting thrown around a lot lately.  Must be the social media age.  Huh?”

I know I’m being snappy about it.  I can’t help it.

“I didn’t just throw it around.”

“So you meant it?” I ask.

He pauses.  I can see him thinking about it for a moment.

“He understands me.  In a way that no one has understood me before,” he explains at that moment defending his decision, “So yeah.  Yeah.  I do love him.”

I shake my head.  This shit hurts.  This shit hurts more than anything anyone has ever done to me.  And this is Syn doing this.  He was playing his card.  He had promised he would hurt me and he had succeeded.   Motherfucker.

“You barely know him.”

“He knows me though.  I share everything with him.”

“He knows you here now?”

“At the suit shop.  Yes.”

I knew that much.   I had overheard Onyx mention to Copper the other day in the kitchen that Dr. Grady asked him to share his location.  At first, I thought it was strange but then it all made sense.  Syn wanted to know where his little tool to hurt me was every minute of the day.  That was his way in to get the money that he needed.

“He knows you in my dressing room having a conversation with me?  Staring at my ass.”

There is a short silence, “That’s not the point.  I didn’t come to argue man.  I just came because…I wanted to apologize for saying you had to leave.”

I stop giving him a mean mug, just for a moment.  I turn to him.   I wasn’t expecting him to say any of this.

“What?”

He nods, “Yeah.  See, the more I think about it, maybe I’m not as attracted to you as I originally thought.  I want you to stay and I want us to work on our brotherly relationship.  And I want your blessing with Dr. Grady.”

I can’t believe I’m hearing this.  He smiles as though I should be happy to hear this.  I can’t believe that he has the nerve to say this.  It’s clear what this is.  At this moment Syn Clinton has brainwashed Onyx into believing almost anything and it was clear he was lost.

~

The car ride back is awkward as hell.  No one is talking.  Maybe they are just enjoying the ride.  I don’t know.  I know why I’m not talking.  I’m pissed.  I’m pissed at what Syn is doing.

Out of nowhere, it’s Copper who looks over and says, “So when did Dr. Grady say my meeting was again?”

He’s talking to Onyx.  My heart drops when I hear it.

“Wait.  You have an appointment to talk to Dr. Grady?” I ask.

“I referred him,” Onyx responds.

No.  No.  FUCK NO!  Syn was making his rounds.  He was doing this on purpose.  Somehow Syn knew things.  At first, I wonder how but then I remember that he had Onyx wrapped around his finger.  Onyx was probably sharing all his perspective with Syn.  And where Onyx couldn’t fill in the blanks I’m sure Syn was smart enough to figure it out.  There was no other reason why Syn would want to meet with Copper.  He knew that I wanted all three boys for myself.  He was trying to stop that.

“You guys barely know this guy,” I state.

“Honestly, I was thinking about going as well,” Topaz responds.

“You got to be shitting me.”

“What are you so upset about?”  Onyx asks, “Dr. Grady knows what he’s doing.  He knows how to help.  I promise.”

He sounded so confident about it.  Hearing Onyx sell Dr. Grady you would think he was the next Iyanla: Fix My Life or something.  If he knew just how batshit crazy Syn Clinton was he’d run in the opposite direction.

“Yeah relax,” Topaz states stopping at the stop sign and turning around, “Why are you tripping?  Do you know Dr. Grady or something?  You seem to be taking this all kind of personal.”

“Yeah, your face contorts every time we mention the guy,” Copper cosigns, “If you know something you need to tell us.”

They all look at me.  They are all wondering the same thing.  The spotlight is on me and for a moment I think about telling them about how he was sleeping with Onyx.  I think about telling him how he is a fake doctor.  I think about telling them everything, but then I realize that I had more to lose in this situation then Syn did.  Syn actually had nothing to lose.  I knew for damn sure he wasn’t emotionally invested in Onyx.

This was a game for Syn.

But I had to do something.  Something.

Just at that moment, there is a loud sound.  SOMEONE BANGING ON THE HOOD!

“OPEN THE FUCKING DOOR!”

The person has a gun.  I turn and realize we are on an empty block at a stop sign.  I’m sitting in the passenger seat. On my side is another guy with a gun.

I take a look at the guy and notice the dragon tattoo on his wrist.  He’s clearly a Spanish guy, probably a local gang banger or something like that.  This isn’t the part of the city that they would be at though.  It’s clear they traveled to come here.  This block was really quiet though.  When they pull up to us it’s almost as though they were waiting for us somehow.  It’s almost as though they had been expecting some rich boys to pull up to this very stop sign so they can jump out of their cars.

They had gotten to us far too fast.  This ambush was far too clean.

“Pull off!”  I am screaming at Topaz.

The guy on my side reacts to me saying that by hitting me hard in the face.   My nose leaks blood as Topaz reaches over to me at that moment and grabs me to pull me closer to him.  I can tell that Topaz is trying to be protective of me but he isn’t the only one.

“Don’t hit him!”  Copper barks from the back seat of the car.

I swear if the guy with the tattoo doesn’t wave the gun at Copper at that moment, I think Copper would have gotten out of the car and attacked the guy.  I look over at Topaz.  Topaz’s heart is beating faster and faster.    He’s terrified.

“No.  OK.  We aren’t pulling off, OK?  We’re here.  Pay attention to me.  My little brothers don’t know what they are saying.  Talk to me.  OK.  What do you want?” Topaz asks the guys.

Topaz was taking control of the situation.  He was taking responsibility.  I look at the back and see Copper and Onyx.  They are both are looking at me and it seems like they definitely want to fight.

“Get out of the car…” the guy with the tattoo states.

“I’ll get out.  They stay in.”

“YO GET THE FUCK OF THE CAR!  WE ARENT GOING TO ASK AGAIN!”

The anger in the perpetrator’s voice is real.  They mean business.  We all knew it.  Maybe that’s why we all get out of the car at the same time.  We line up one next to the other.   Sweat is rolling down my forehead.  It’s hot as hell and the stares under the masks of the two men are making things even hotter.   Things are weird as hell.

Things were harsh.

“You know who the fuck we are?” Onyx asks.

Topaz elbows him.  He elbows him hard.  Onyx wasn’t used to gangsters.  That was the privilege talking.  As far as Onyx knew these people should respect him because he had a bunch of teenage girls obsessed with him.  I don’t think he ever saw a gun in his life and I can tell he thinks he’s above getting shot.  Luckily Topaz is there.

“Shut up,” Topaz tells Onyx.

“Do what the fuck you got to do,” Copper growls at the men with the guns.

Copper is the angry one.  I can see him sizing them up.  He’s wondering if he can take them.  Looking at him I think Copper probably could.  He was tough.   That was for damn sure, but he knows these people had guns so he just swallows his pride and stands there.

“What do you get?” they ask.

“What do you mean?”

“Money.  How much do you have?”

“Can we check?”  Topaz asks.

“No don’t you fucking move.  DON’T YOU FUCKING MOVE!”

“We need to go into our pockets to check how much money we have on us,” Topaz tries to reason with the men in a calm voice.

“You.  You with the bloody nose.  You go in all their pockets.  Get their wallets.  Get their phones.  Get anything of any value.   And send give it here.  Give it to me.”

He was talking to me.

I look at Topaz.  Topaz nods, “Do it, Gem.”

Just at that moment, I do what the guys say.  I walk over to the three brothers and start going in their pockets.  I start taking out all of their valuables.  I gather everything together in a neat pile.

“Now bring it here…” the man with the dragon tattoo states.

I do what he says taking the wallets over to them.  My hands are shaking when I take it over to them.   They gather the wallet.  They gather the phones.  They gather everything that is worth anything.  Then when they have everything they look over at us.

“That’s it,” Topaz states.

“You’re lying.”

“You’re lying.  Rich boys like you.  I know you have more on you.”

“We don’t carry cash on us man,”  Onyx states, “We’re green.  We are environmentally friendly.  Cash isn’t biodegradable.  Paying with plastic is the more environmentally friendly choice.”

“Environmentally friendly?” one of the stick-up kids ask.

They both broke break out into laughter.

“It sounds dumb but he’s telling the truth.  We don’t carry cash,” Copper backs up his brother.

“He said they would have cash on them?”

“He?” Topaz asks, “Who’s he?”

“They are lying man.  Man make them tell us,” one of the guys says.

Just at that moment, the guy with the dragon tattoo pulls out a knife.  Just at that moment, he takes a few steps towards Copper.

Before he gets too far I jump in his way.

That’s when I feel the knife stick me.  IT GOUGES ME!   It hits me hard.   And all of a sudden there is more blood.  All three brothers surround me.  They are making a big deal as I fall to the ground.  They are making a huge deal.

And I smile.

For a moment I think I’m in heaven.

~

I wake up in a hospital.  The brothers are all around me.

“He’s up,” a voice states.

I wake up at that moment and I’m in bandages.  The nurse comes over to take my temperature.  The brothers are off to the side.  It’s Onyx who is actually holding my hand.  Topaz is standing at the foot of the bed but its Copper who has the impact.  He’s standing off to the side.  He’s looking at me and he has this concern in his eyes that is something that I really haven’t seen before.

“Why’d you do it?” Copper asks, “Why’d you take that knife for me?”

“Because I love you,” I state.

I say it bluntly.  I say it as bluntly as I can.  I watch as Copper begins to cry.  Tears are falling down his eyes.  Our eyes connect.  He can’t take it.  I watch as he leaves at that moment.  He just walks out of the room.

“He blames himself,” Topaz states, explaining Copper running off in the way he does, “After you got stabbed though it was Copper who damn near ran them off.  They were too fucking scared to shoot him.  He drove them off and kept the pressure on your wound until we were able to get to the hospital.”

“Were they caught?” I ask.

Topaz shakes his head, “Nah.  Not after Copper ran them off.   He couldn’t help himself.  He felt like the knife should have been his.  He blames himself for getting you hurt.”

“It’s not his fault,” Onyx states, “It’s mine.”

“It’s no one’s fault,” I assure Onyx.

There is a pause.  Looking at their faces it feels as though there is something they want to say that they aren’t sharing.  I can see it.  It’s Onyx who crosses his arms and sighs a little bit.

“The cops say that this was an inside job.  Those guys were on that street corner for what seemed like hours planning for us to pull up.”

“An inside job?” I ask, “Impossible…”

I’m breathing fast.  Topaz can hear it.  Maybe that’s why he squeezes my hand tighter.  He wants to make sure that I feel safe at this moment.

Topaz nods, “What Onyx saying is only the beginning.  When they were running they dropped a phone.  It was one of the theirs.  It was an empty phone. A burner phone. There was only one number in it though.”

“Whose?”

“Dr. Grady.”

~

I tell the brothers I don’t feel safe that night.  They promise that by morning they were going to have multiple security guards all around us.  Dr. Grady wouldn’t be able to get close to any of us again.  They promised me that they would do anything to make sure that the cops found Dr. Grady and put him UNDER the prison.   A few hours later Topaz came back with an update that it looks as though Dr. Grady had fled Los Angeles.

He was making a run for it.  His phone was off and when the police tracked down the hotel he was staying at they were told that he ran away in a quick hurry.

I still tell them I don’t feel safe.  I am really being selfish.  With Syn gone, there was nothing else to worry about.   They all stay…even Copper.   I wake up in the middle of the night realizing that the brothers won’t leave my side.  I can tell after I warned them about Dr. Grady they feel as though they should have trusted my ‘intuition’.  That’s what I called it.  I called it intuition.  I just knew Dr. Grady was no good.

Onyx promised to stay away from Dr. Grady.  It was for the best.  It was clear Dr. Grady was the one who set them up to get robbed.  It was obviously clear.

I walk out of the room.  The stab wound went deep.  It went real deep.  I leave the sleeping boys in the middle of the night to walk to the vending machine in the hospital.  That’s when I see someone sitting there in the waiting room.

And he’s doing what people do in waiting rooms.

He’s waiting.

“Hey.”

“Hey,” I state.

“You got it?”

“Go to this location.   It’ll be waiting for you.”

I put the information on his phone.  He grabs the phone away.

“Nice doing business with you.”

“Not so nice for me,” I tell him, “You cut too deep.  You could have killed me.  That wasn’t the plan.”

“I had to make it believable.”

I nod and walk away from the guy with the dragon tattoo on his arm.

It’s amazing what you can convince a random stranger in the hoods of Los Angeles to do for you for 5 thousand dollars.

  • Ralph Jones

    Okay then

  • Brandon Cruz

    Whether this is a dream or real life. I love it when Coy is in control. He played Syn and I can see this happening because Syn wouldn’t want the cops bring him back to the mental hospital or prison even.

    Coy clearly will do anything including getting stabbed to make himself look like a hero. I love this guy like when this story is over depending how it ends can we get a book 2 like I need more Coy in my life.

    After this encounter I think Coy has almost all the brothers in his hands. We don’t need to worry about the real Gem coming back because he is dead, Ainsley is dead, Jericho is dead, and Syn is gone for now.

    I think the only thing that could stop Coy is the mother. She is still alive and if she wakes up and remembers what happened to her or the real Dr. Grady comes back that might screw Coy. I just want Coy to have a happy ending with all these brothers loving only him. I’m done with it.

  • Brandon Cruz

    Why do I feel that the guy with the dragon tattoo is someone we know from a different story. A Spanish guy with a dragon tattoo. I knew that whole scene was fake or something like really.

  • JJ

    Coy honestly thinks he’s rid of Syn that easily? He probably should have just given Syn the money, but he couldn’t stand the fact that Syn would probably find a way to get all 3 Munroe brothers before him.

    • Lee namefree

      Well if that was really Syn fucking Onyx, than he clearly crossed a line and should have expected Coy to flip out. I don’t think Syn would have moved onto Copper. I don’t remember Syn being a bed hopper. Maybe I’m forgetting his relationships. At any rate, if any of this is real, this won’t be the last time we see Syn.

      • JJ

        Emotionally, not sexually. Syn specialty is getting inside someone’s head. Onyx went from having thought about Coy to flat out dismissive of him and I think that’s what really bugs Coy the most.

        Coy’s biggest desire is a need to be loved emotionally. Topaz isn’t giving him that and I think he realized Onyx might be the only one who could put aside the brother aspect and do it. Then Syn came and snatched Onyx and that dream away. I have no doubt if both Copper and Topaz started seeing Syn; their emotions toward Coy would change to his detriment.

        • Lee namefree

          Topaz could be made to feel guilty for taking advantage of his “teenage” brother, and Copper easily convinced he’s reacting to the guilt of killing Jericho. Without a doubt, Syn would have had both Copper and Topaz withdrawing their affection for Coy within days.

          I don’t know if Coy really needed to seduce these boys in order to gain their love. All the boys love him. Only Topaz has sex with him, but not because he’s “in love” with Coy. Coy may have manipulated them into loving him, but they apparently needed Coy in their lives. Why else would they be so easy to manipulate.

      • Daisy Transsexual

        Syn in the earlier stories went between Samson and T….whatever his name was. Until the point, even though they weren’t related by blood, their brotherhood was almost ended. Syn is definitely a bed hopper. The first story and second shows his messy relationships lol. Ya make it seem like Syn is all good….but he’s only a little more stable than Coy in the fact Syn lives in reality. Coy doesn’t.

        • Lee namefree

          I’m gonna have to go back and re-read the first book. I admit I spent half my time wanting to whip Syn’s ass and the other half wanting to beat the shit out of T-boy’s mom. I still want to pop the shit out of T-boy’s mom!

          Syn’s ass is crazy, but he’s not mentally ill. Coy needs medication and quiet room.

  • Lee namefree

    Well played Coy! You’ve defeated your enemy and manipulated the boys into being in lust with you, infatuated with you, and in love with you. A perfect fantasy come true. But there several problems with this fantasy:

    1) You are not Gem, you are Coy, and sooner later you’re not going to be able to kill, scare or put into a coma anyone who threatens your fantasy.
    2) You may have gotten one over on Syn Clinton, but you can’t possibly expect Syn to just go away quietly. You reneged on your deal, which means Syn won’t hesitate to expose you as an imposter.
    3) These boys can love you, and even be a little in love with you, but can never fulfill your fantasy relationship unless they know the truth.
    4) You can’t handle the truth! (and you really can’t say that without Jack Nicholson’s voice in your head). That’s the core issue with being delusional. It’s the inability to accept reality.

    At the end of the day, Coy is delusional. Very little in his world may be real, therefore he can control the outcomes. Copper frightens him for some reason. Maybe he’s just a little too real for Coy, or maybe Copper makes Coy feel like revealing himself and that scares the hell out of Coy. Revealing himself would probably mean the end of his fantasy.

  • Jaye Tee

    Well damn Coy! You really got creative! Took one for the team! I hope its enough for things to run smoothly for a while but i think now one of his biggest issues is gonna be that all 3 boys are gonna love him but he’s gonna have to choose! Dun dun dunnnn! Im waiting for Copper to jump on board tho, give Coy an inch so he can fabricate a mile!

    • Lee namefree

      Hahaha! I think Coy is afraid of Copper, because either Copper is going to expect more from him than he can give or is going to pull him out of his delusion, or both. I’m gonna need Coy to fantasize a group orgy with these boys before he snaps out of it though. I mean go big or go crazy right! If he’s hallucinating than I want him to go all out get himself into a Monroe brother sandwich!

      • Jaye Tee

        Lee im really hoping that you dont speak this delusional fantasy into existence, lol, Coy needs something real and good to work out in his favor! The boy is fucked up and desperate to feel something from somebody! I’m kinda rooting for Copper with Onyx as a close second but Copper needs to get wit the program.

        • Lee namefree

          If this is real, then I definitely prefer Coy with Copper. I like that Copper didn’t immediately fall for him, but let his feelings for Coy grow. But if this is real, Coy has fucked over Copper in multiple ways and I can’t imagine how any relationship could survive a guy who tries to kill your mother, mess with your relationship with your brothers, nearly ruins your career and has sex with your brothers when he’s not with you. That’s a lot to swallow!

          I want Coy to be happy, but not at the cost of everyone else!

          • Jaye Tee

            Damn why you had to roll out the list of his misdemeanors lmao, love is love bih!

          • Talia

            Exactly.. Coy is a maniacal genius.. Something similar to Syn, but very tame where Syn is outspoken. Coy can’t best Syn, BC he’s a fkn sociopath, and who knows what that Lil dude is capable of.. Honestly I’d like to see his ass back in the Looney bin BC he’s a true danger. He doesn’t need to be with any of the guys BC he himself doesn’t even understand the meaning of love.

  • Talia

    Ugh another love quarrel.. Im gonna need to not get pissed when the love interest in all of Statens stories have lots of suitors. Because it really causes me anguish and makes me wanna pull out my hair.. Lol I fall for all the characters, and I’m female and i have maternal instinct and most of the time the one that gets chosen to me as a mother is usually the one who turns out to be a shitty person. And the good guy goes nuts and becomes this shady guy to try and get what he just can’t. Every time.. I actually wanna cry. Copper is obvs gonna be the one to get Coys heart. But when they all find out what’s really happening, what will he do?.